In their effort to preserve the legacy of Canada’s immigration history and to support continued excellence in research in Canada on international migration, the International Migration Research Centre (IMRC) and the Canadian Immigration Historical Society (CIHS) are jointly offering a $1000 award for a fourth-year or graduate-level reseIMG_1813arch paper on the historical evolution of Canadian immigration policy or a historical analysis of Canadian immigration related to specific places, events, or communities.

The Gunn Award for the best historical essay on international migration in Canada is an interdisciplinary award, and will therefore consider papers from any discipline in the social sciences and humanities (e.g. sociology, political science, global studies, history, communication studies, etc.) that addresses international migration in Canada from a historical perspective. The award is national and will accept applications from graduating fourth-year students and graduate students enrolled in Canadian universities, in either French or English, from across the country. The paper will be reviewed by a committee made up of IMRC and CIHS associates/members. The award will be conferred jointly by the IMRC and the CIHS and will be given out annually in the fall.

Submission Format:

  • Between 15-20 pages in length
  • 1.5 line spacing
  • Cover page with name and contact information (name should not appear on subsequent pages)
  • Pages numbered
  • Submissions in English or French
  • Citation in APA or MLA style

Please submit electronically to by May 31. [Extended Deadline: September 1, 2018]

For more information on the award and on recent award recipients, please visit the International Migration Research Centre website.